Tuesday, 19 September 2017

New books added to Clinical Key


Elsevier have added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Books


Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Web site of the month: Jane (Journal Author Name Estimator)

Have you been conducting research or written a paper but have no idea where to get it published? Jane can help.

Jane, or to give the site its full name, Journal/Author Name Estimator, is an easy to use tool that can find journals that publish the sort of content you have written about.

http://jane.biosemantics.org/


Simply enter the title or abstract from your work (you can also search by keywords) into the search box and Jane will compare your text with the millions of articles indexed in Medline and recommend the journals which best match your area of interest.

Not only that, you can also use Jane to find relevant articles to cite in your paper by doing the same thing. You can also search for authors who's work best matches your area of interest.

Jane does not retain the information you supply for longer than it needs it to return a list of results. If you are worried about protecting your work there is also a scramble button. This arranges your content into alphabetical order, rendering it very hard to read for anyone else trying to intercept it, but making no difference to the search functionality.

Jane is a simple, versatile tool that is really helpful for those considering writing an article for publication, as well as those looking for a publisher.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Help us to buy the books you want to read

We want to be sure that the books we buy are the books you actually need to support your work and learning.

We review publisher's catalogues, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites, but what we like best is when you tell us what you need.

That is where our books on approval scheme comes in.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 6th of October. Topics covered include:
  • Anatomy
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, counselling, psychology and psychotherapy
  • Nursing
  • ...and many more
Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Monday, 21 August 2017

August bank holiday closure

The Libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 28th of August for the bank holiday.



Access will still be available for registered members via our swipe card system at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries (just don't forget to bring your library card!), but Isebrook Library will be closed.

We reopen as normal on Tuesday the 30th at all of our sites.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New books added to Clinical Key




Elsevier have added a new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Books
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Web site of the month: Clinical Key







Clinical Key is a great resource containing lots of full text content and a host of other features. Aimed at practising clinicians, it's a really useful way to access evidence based information.

If you are a junior doctor, consultant, nurse or AHP, Clinical Key will have something to offer you.

Everything is discoverable using a simple search engine that recognises medical terminology and offers quick short cuts to the information you need.

The search engine offers a number of simple filters to increase the accuracy of your results and you can also select the type of content you want (books, journal articles, guidelines, etc.).  You can also browse for specific titles if you know what you are looking for.

Full text content includes
  • 1,400 topic pages giving an overview of disease diagnosis, risk factors, treatment and more
  • Over 600 electronic journals covering a broad range of specialities including the whole Lancet series
  • Over 1000 electronic books 
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
On top of all this content, Clinical Key also has a Presentation Maker which allows you to take images and add them to a PowerPoint presentation which you can download. It will even automatically add references as you go.

You can access Clinical Key online at www.clinicalkey.com, (and the site adapts well if you are using a tablet or smartphone). There is also a free app that allows for easy use on the go for Android and iOS (Apple) devices.

To access Clinical Key (and the app) all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started. If you register for an account on Clinical Key once you have logged in you will also be able to save your searches and content.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Half Time in the Global Challenge!

We’re now half way through the 100 day 2017 Global Challenge and The Library Stampers have been ‘stepping out’ and building up the step count; 4,266,884 steps to date. It’s about time for a short rest and a cup of tea to contemplate the journey so far, and to give ourselves a little pat on the back.

The team have (virtually) walked across America to Canada, then back down and admired the Statue of Liberty, sunbathed in Cuba, hung out with the Sloths in the Amazon Jungle, took in the view from Table Mountain in Cape Town and have now reached the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. 

Along the way we have been collecting more virtual trophies for setting and beating personal bests, completing mini challenges set by the Global Challenge organisation and setting personal step milestones such as 500,000 steps. We are also in the Trust's top 10 most improved teams.

The last 50 days have made us more aware of how much (or how little exercise) we do each day and how it can be tricky fitting it in between the daily commute and a desk job.

The Global Challenge is also about general health and wellbeing and provides useful information, hints and tips on improving nutrition, mindfulness and sleep quality.  We may be tired but we're looking forward to the next 50 days!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Disruption to library catalogue & out of hours access Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of July

Due to an essential software upgrade to our Library Management System there will be some disruption to our online catalogue from 4 pm on Monday the 24th of July and overnight. The upgrade process is scheduled to finish late morning on Tuesday the 25th of July after some testing.

During this period library staff will also not be able to access the system.

You will still be able to search for items (although some periods of disruption where there is no access are possible), but you will not be able to log in, reserve or renew items.

Our self-issue machines will also be out of action, but you will still be able to borrow items or request the renewal of a current loan.

There will also be some disruption to out of hours access and users may find they are unable to swipe into the libraries at Berrywood and Northampton General over night.

Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

A mile in my shoes: stories from health and social care

In 2016, the Health Foundation teamed up with the Empathy Museum to develop a collection of stories from people working in, and using, health and social care in the UK. With each story that was shared, the individual donated a pair of shoes.

A Mile in My Shoes is an interactive shoe shop that invites you to step into someone else’s shoes and embark on a mile-long physical, emotional and imaginative journey to see the world through their eyes.

This collection of stories showcases the remarkable contribution and challenges faced by those working in, and using, our health and social care system.

Re-imagined for digital audiences, you can now share in this immersive experience online.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Important changes to the BNF and BNFC apps

There is a new version of the BNF and BNFC apps now available.

The previous versions produced by NICE will soon stop being updated and so it is important to install the new one in order to ensure you are using the latest information.

The good news is that the new version has been completely redesigned and no longer requires you to log in with an OpenAthens password. The app is being made freely available to any non-commercial users in the UK (it is not available outside the UK)

The new version also contains all the information from both the BNF and the BNFC in a single interface (you can select which you want from a drop down menu).

The app can be configured to automatically update itself (which is does on a monthly basis) so you can always be sure you are using the most current information.

There is also an evidence grading feature where you can see the strength of the evidence behind recommendations within the content.

The app is currently available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices. There is no Windows phone version at present.

For more information please see the BNF App FAQs page.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Web site of the month: Educator Hub

Educator Hub is a new e-learning resource aimed at educators and supervisors of doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists that has recently gone live.

The content, which is hosted on the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Hub, includes both academic and video-based practical modules, such as supervision, feedback, workplace based assessments and Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).

These have been migrated from HEE Kent, Surrey, Sussex's e-Training for Trainers (etft) platform together with London's Multi-professional Faculty Development modules. Complementary content from other regions will also be included to produce a national resource.

Modules are linked to the new 'Professional Development Framework for Educators' which is being adopted in London and South East in the first instance. The framework domains map to professional regulatory standards for education and training including HEE's Quality Framework standards and are applicable to all educators working in clinical practice and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as guidance for best practice.

Nearly 50 modules will be available initially, with complementary resources from elsewhere to be included in due course. All the resources are free to access (just browse the catalogue of modules). Registration with the site allows you to track your learning, provide feedback and keep copies of certificates of completion. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

New books and journal added to Clinical Key




Elsevier have added a new journal and electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Journal

Books

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.